On Saturday, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced that its fighters have reached the Syrian-Iraqi border.
The SDF said that during the last days its forces advanced from its positions south of the al-Tanak oil field in the southeastern Deir Ezzor countryside and captured over 40km.
During their advance, SDF fighters killed over 11 members of ISIS and destroyed several vehicles of the terrorist group. The SDF also said that its fighters captured several weapons and vehicles of ISIS.
The SDF is now stationed north of the strategic city of al-Bukamal on the Syrian-Iraqi border, which’s under the control of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies.
Syrian opposition sources reported that US-led coalition warplanes destroyed several positions of ISIS in the town of Hajin located near the eastern bank of the Euphrates River on Saturday. According to this, the SDF didn’t advance along the eastern bank of the Euphrates. The US-backed force moved throough the desert area north of the river.
Hundreds of ISIS fighters are now effectively besieged in the al-Jazeera region between Iraq and Syria. Due to the rapid advance of the Iraqi forces, most ISIS fighters will be pushed to the Syrian part of al-Jazeera in the upcoming days.